Many people think of outdoor conditions when they hear about air pollution. However, your home can be a significant source of exposure to pollutants, making it important to consider sources and solutions for improving the quality of your indoor environment. You can take some steps immediately to address indoor air quality in your home. Other steps require some professional assistance from your HVAC contractor.
Prioritize AC Maintenance
You may imagine that you’re air filter handles the removal of pollutants from your home’s air supply. While this is true to an extent, the reality is efficiency declines as it retains more material. The airborne material that continues in circulation can settle as it reaches the interior of your air handler, your ducts and other parts of the house. Change your filter before using your system for air circulation in the spring or for cooling in the summer. And, be sure to keep up with routine changes by inspecting filters monthly and replacing at least every 90 days.
Schedule an AC tune-up prior to your need to use the system for summer cooling. The layers of material on your indoor coils and blower can reduce the efficiency and performance of your equipment. At the same time, they create conditions that can promote the growth of biomaterials like mold in an area that may taint the air moving through your home. Annual cleaning can make a remarkable difference in the velocity of air movement in your structure and in the quality of air you breathe.
Ducts also accumulate material from your airstream, and cleaning should be scheduled every three to five years based on your contractor’s recommendations. Prior to cleaning, your technician will inspect for leaks, an issue that could lead to ongoing pollution of the ducts in spite of cleaning efforts. Sealing those leaks is important for limiting indoor air pollution through the influx of dust, vermin or fumes.
Indoor Air Quality Evaluation
There are many more issues that can contribute to poor IAQ, and a professional evaluation may help you to pinpoint specific pollutants and sources. Some issues that will be addressed include:
- Air leaks at doors and windows
- Moisture problems and management
- Extreme sensitivities to airborne materials
The IAQ team at Valderrama A/C & Refrigeration can help with your AC maintenance needs, explaining the relationship between IAQ and the regular care of your equipment. We’re also pleased to offer a variety of Bryant products designed to improve indoor air quality, including air purifiers, ventilators and more. Just call us today to find out how we can help improve the air you breathe in your South Houston, TX, home.